What first comes to mind when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Probably an annual gathering of family and friends. A big bird, perfectly golden brown and stuffed to the max with trimmings. Sleepy bodies after they've eaten their fill. Football. One by one going around the table, each saying what they're thankful for.
That's a very typical reaction to the word Thanksgiving. Although those are all good and wonderful things about Thanksgiving I don't want to talk about that. I want to dig a little deeper.
the act of giving thanks or a prayer expressing gratitude.
I love those definitions.
I want to challenge you during this Thanksgiving holiday to truly give thanks. Not because you have to. Not because it's what you're supposed do on Thanksgiving. Make a choice to give thanks with a grateful heart.
Do you see the difference? Giving thanks and giving thanks with a grateful heart. There is sincerity in a grateful heart, not obligation.
This is difficult, even for me. Sometimes it's just easier to be thankful for the things that first come to mind. Family, a warm home, food on the table, a car, running water. What about digging deeper? What else can we be thankful for? How about eternal life? What about being thankful for the gifts and talents that are unique to each of us an individuals? How about the ability to serve others? What about being thankful for forgiveness? That's a big one. We could go on and on, really.
Do you see how being thankful with a grateful heart awakens our heart to worship Him? Doesn't it make you want to offer a prayer of gratitude? I challenge you to ask your families to do the same as you each go around the table stating what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving. Stop them, before the circle begins and show them the difference in thanksgiving with a heart of sincerity; a heart of gratitude and worship to our King.